Rural women weavers lie at the heart of everything we do.
Gone Rural provides fair and sustainable income to over 780 skilled weavers across 13 groups and 52 communities in Eswatini. These women are talented artisans, breadwinners, and businesswomen who use their home-based work with Gone Rural to overcome some of the challenges of rural living, enhancing the lives of their families and communities in the process.
Since 2009, the weavers have elected leaders from each of their groups to sit on a Rural Artisan Board. This tier of leadership is specifically tasked with representing the needs and interests of the artisans. Gone Rural's weavers are the inspiration behind many of our signature pieces illustrating their leadership, strength, creativity, and family values.
Many of our groups are multi-generational, with intricate weaving skills passed down from mother to daughter through generations. The women are constantly challenged with new patterns, shapes, and designs to weave, making Gone Rural the innovative company that it is today.